Former Member of Parliament (MP) for the Nsuta Kwamang, Kwame Asafo Agyei has expressed optimism that Trade Minister Alan Kyeremateng will in the primaries to become the next flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) ahead of the 2024 general elections.
For him, Mr Kyeremateng is in good position to win the internal polls.
In an interview on Accra-based radio station, he said per data available, “Alan Kyeremanten is highly favored to win election 2024 according to a recent nationwide poll.”
“He managed to secure 50 percent of votes from the participants of this poll whilst the Vice President managed 20 percent. If we want to win a general election then we need to present Alan as our Flagbearer for election 2024 but if we want just a flagbearer then we should nominate the Vice President.”
Meanwhile, Majority Chief Whip, Frank Annoh-Dompreh has called for a Bawumia-Alan partnership ahead of the 2024 presidential elections.
In his view, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as presidential candidate with Alan Kyeremateng as his vice will be best for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
This is a must for the success of this great tradition, he said.
“The Bawumia-Alan project is a must for the success of this great Tradition… I am all for it!” the Nsawam-Adoagyiri lawmaker tweeted on Monday December 20.
Although they are yet to officially declare their intentions to contest for their flagbearer position of the NPP, supporters of both Dr Bawumia and Mr Kyerematen have started campaigning to get their preferred candidate elected.
On Sunday December 19 2021 during the NPP’s delegates conference in Kumasi, supporters of the two personalities were seen in a campaign mood trying to project their candidate.
Supporters of Dr Bawumia were seen singing and dancing when the Vice President arrived at the venue for the event.
Similarly, supporters of Alan Kyerematen, also led a procession from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Kumasi Campus to the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
The crowd comprised the various Alan support group Queens, Alan Special Ladies, Alpha Men and a host of people.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said at the event that he was determined to hand over power to the next residential candidate of the NPP on 7th January 2025 after the 2024 general elections.
He said the NPP is determined to break the 8-year cycle in order to sustain the economic growth seen under his administration.
He said “I am determined to hand over the baton to the next NPP presidential candidate.
“We want to break the 8 not just for ourselves but for Ghana because we know the zigzag, NPP comes to clean for them to be polluted , this is not the way progress will be brought to our country.
“We need secure period in office to make that irreversible change in the fortunes of our nation and we are capable of doing it. We will get a candidate that will unify our party and all of us will campaign to make that candidate the next president of the Republic.”
He further urged members of the NPP to embrace internal competition because competitions are part of the political exercise but cautioned the party against unhealthy competition that will hinder the determination of the party to break the 8-year cycle in the next general elections.
Mr Akufo-Addo said “Competition, we cannot avoid competition. Competition there will be but let that competition help the party and not hinder the party so that we can break the 8 in 2024.”
He further taunted the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) when he asked about the one policy that the NDC and former President John Mahama have thought about in five years that they have been in opposition.
“We have spent more money in improving the circumstances of our people than any government in the 4th republic. So when u leave here be proud that you have produced a government that has been most diligent in improving the lives of the people than any other government in the history of this country.
“All the things that we have done in government are things we thought about while in opposition, what is the one policy that the NDC and their leader John Mahama have thought about in five years that they have been in opposition. There is not one policy, the answer is zero,” the President said.